Chapel Hill native and fashion designer Alexander Julian says, “I’m not known for fashion anymore. I’m known for argyles". The Julian's storeowner redesigned the basketball team uniforms with and added the original argyle in 1991.

Meet the man behind the classic Carolina argyle

Alexander Julian is more than just the owner of Julian's on Franklin Street. Read about his legacy in both Chapel Hill and in the world of fashion.


Franklin Street

Franklin Street sits at the northern edge of campus and it is the most famous stretch of pavement in Chapel Hill. Many of the businesses on Franklin Street cater to students. 

Students often rush Franklin Street after a win against Duke in basketball. Chapel Hill’s Homegrown Halloween event, which at its peak attracted nearly 32,000 college students from across the state, is held on Franklin Street.

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Influential women

Meet the women leading businesses in Chapel Hill and Durham

To celebrate Women’s History Month, read the stories of four influential women entrepreneurs in the Chapel Hill and Durham communities. From furniture to boba tea, art to African cuisine, these women are running the local business scene. And with women entrepreneurs in the U.S. having increased by 114 percent in the last 20 years, totaling about 40 percent of businesses overall, it's no big surprise.